New York Times reporter Julie Hirschfeld Davis took a third bite of the chocolate Easter Egg on Tuesday, writing her third prominently featured story about the supposedly troubled White House Easter Egg hunt. (Yes, three stories, plus a video.) Her review of the Easter Sunday festivities on the South Lawn of the White House made the front of Tuesday’s National section: “Putting Aside Red vs. Blue for a Day (in Favor of Pastels) – Planned Late and Pared Back, Egg Roll Still Draws Thousands to the White House.” She took a lame metaphor for White House disarray and rolled with it.
By Kristine Marsh | | April 18, 2017 | 10:45 AM EDT
The terrorist sympathizers at the New York Times got in hot water Monday, after readers rightly noted an op-ed published in Monday’s paper was written by a convicted murderer and terrorist, yet the article did not make that plain. Its author, Marwan Barghouti, former leader of the Tanzim wing of the Palestinian Fatah terrorist movement, used the space given to him by the Times to demonize Israel and draw sympathy for his anti-Israel agenda.
By Sarah Stites | | April 18, 2017 | 10:41 AM EDT
The media love to analyze Girls. Somehow, despite its low viewership, Lena Dunham’s raunchy show about four millennial women finding their way in New York City captured the fancy of the journalistic world – from Jezebel to The New York Times. Now, in the wake of the final episode, writers and critics are “mourning the end of an era” with the loss of the “influential” HBO series. But, amidst all the ruminations on the show’s legacy, no one is asking: what does the journalist-hype for Girls say about the media?
By Scott Whitlock | | April 18, 2017 | 10:34 AM EDT
Director Joss Whedon seems to really hate major sections of this country. The filmmaker behind two Avengers films, movies that Americans made into blockbusters, decided to mock an Easter message from Senator Tom Cotton. The Republican tweeted, “Happy Easter to all! He is risen. He is risen indeed!”
By Katie Yoder | | April 18, 2017 | 9:26 AM EDT
The liberal media enthusiastically report the “War on Women” when it comes to issues like funding Planned Parenthood. But their terminology falls flat when they neglect stories like the genital mutilation of little girls. On Thursday, the Department of Justice publicized charges against Michigan Doctor Jumana Nagarwala for performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls between 6 and 8-years-old. The case was particularly noteworthy because it is “believed to be the first case brought under” U.S. federal law that forbids FGM. But that wasn’t enough to compel the three broadcast networks to cover the ghoulish story.
By Karen Townsend and Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | | April 18, 2017 | 8:48 AM EDT
Based in a city that’s the murder capital of the country with some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, it was only a matter of time before NBC’s new spin-off show Chicago Justice dealt with the issue of guns. But the surprise was how they handled it. Star Assistant State’s Attorney Peter Stone (Philip Winchester) is the only adult who defends gun rights in a story that sheds a light on what conservative students face on liberal campuses.
By Tim Graham | | April 18, 2017 | 6:33 AM EDT
One of the hotter articles on the Washington Post website on Sunday raised serious questions about a Post legend: Bob Woodward. A new book from journalist Barbara Feinman Todd chronicles her career in aiding three Post "icons" as well as Hillary Rodham Clinton. She says Woodward ruined her book deal with Hillary by breaking a promise to her.
By Jorge Bonilla | | April 17, 2017 | 11:34 PM EDT
Univision's need to inject the specter of Donald Trump into every immigration story is getting out of hand, as we see from a recent report from a small town in Oaxaca, Mexico, that has closed its doors to Central American immigrants. But did Trump really have anything to do with this, or was something else at play?
By Tom Blumer | | April 17, 2017 | 11:22 PM EDT
In early March, Nick Kristof at the New York Times solicited a felony in a tweet by virtually begging someone at the Internal Revenue Service to leak Donald Trump's tax returns. On Monday, Chris Matthews was more interested in settling the supposedly questionable matter of whether Trump's prior returns are under audit, but he went down the same path. During his Hardball broadcast, he effectively wished the IRS would leak the answer, and appeared to be supporting such lawbreaking when he said, "That would be a good leak."
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | April 17, 2017 | 10:31 PM EDT
MSNBC’s Katy Tur is notably not a fan of President Trump and during Monday’s MTP Daily, where she was filling-in for Chuck Todd, she took numerous swipes at the commander-in-chief. “There are so many questions about what exactly Donald Trump’s foreign policy is. What does the Trump doctrine look like? … There's a lot of confusion about it,” she told Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, “And the flip-flops that we're seeing, are they rooted in pragmatism or are they rooted in ignorance?”
By Brad Wilmouth | | April 17, 2017 | 9:31 PM EDT
On Monday's The View on ABC, co-host Whoopi Goldberg made a point of chastising President Donald Trump -- whom she always refers to as "the new guy" or "you know who" -- because he recently forgot to put his hand over his heart until wife Melania reminded him as the national anthem was being sung. As she suggested that "any adult" who hears the anthem should reflexively remember the proper etiquette, she seemed oblivious to the fact that, in 2007, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama made the same mistake as he infamously forgot to hold his hand over his heart at an event while the anthem was being sung.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | April 17, 2017 | 9:05 PM EDT
With the polls in Georgia’s special election closing in roughly 24-hours, CBS Evening News spent a segment of Monday night’s program seemingly hyping up the young Democrat running, Jon Ossoff. “30-year old John Ossoff has gone from unknown documentarian to Democratic-cause-celeb in the space of two months,” praised Correspondent Nancy Cordes. This, while poking fun at Republicans who they claim were struggling to hold the seat.
By Brent Baker | | April 17, 2017 | 8:05 PM EDT
New on April 17: CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta denounced President Trump’s crticism of CNN (“I don't think it is American to go after a segment of the news media”) and declared: “We’re not the opposition party. We are just trying to get at the truth.”
By P.J. Gladnick | | April 17, 2017 | 6:30 PM EDT
The Democrats, and their mainstream media allies, are so desperate for just one electoral win to prove that President Donald Trump is on a downslide that they have even hailed no change in special elections since the November general election as some sort of moral victory. Below the surface, however, they know they need a victory in a special election. It wasn't delivered to them last week in Kansas in the special congressional election to fill the seat of Mike Pompeo who was appointed to head the CIA so now their hopes have been placed on the April 18 special election in the Georgia Sixth Congressional District to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price who was appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services.
By Scott Whitlock | | April 17, 2017 | 5:16 PM EDT
The journalists on Monday’s Good Morning America excitedly predicted that a special election in April of 2017, 18 months before the midterm elections, could mean a “real chance Democrats take back Congress in 2018.” Discussing Democrat John Osoff’s chances in Tuesday’s Georgia House race, Matt Dowd enthused: “Can he win it without a runoff? If a Democrat wins that district in Georgia, there's real chance Democrats could take back Congress in 2018.”